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Par­lia­men­tary Trains

- Evergreen 3 · High Wycombe · Department for Transport

Many read­ers will know of the Chiltern Rail­ways ‘Par­lia­men­tary ser­vice’ at 1055 from South Ruis­lip to West Eal­ing and 1147 non-stop re­turn to High Wy­combe on Mon-Fri.

It seems this ceased run­ning in the first lock­down and hasn’t yet been re­stored. What is more alarm­ing is that I’m told the train does run, but only as empty stock for route knowl­edge pur­poses. And, worse, is it not be­ing re­stored in the De­cem­ber timetable change.

This raises the se­ri­ous ques­tion: for how long can a Par­lia­men­tary ser­vice be with­drawn with­out spe­cific per­mis­sion?

I have dis­cussed this with the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Trans­port Fo­cus and he is rais­ing the mat­ter with the DfT for clar­ity. I’ll re­port back.

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